Focus on health and wellbeing at Royal Norfolk Show

The Broads Village returns to this year's Royal Norfolk Show , where one of the key themes is wellbe

The Broads Village returns to this year's Royal Norfolk Show , where one of the key themes is wellbeing. Picture: James Bass Photography - Credit: JAMES BASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Wellbeing is a key theme at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

Urban and sensory gardens, Lego model making, paddle boarding and ‘brain food’ tasting will be just some of the activities taking place to highlight the issue.

Organisers of the event, which takes place tomorrow and Thursday (June 27 and 28), want to reinforce the message that a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body when it comes to looking after yourself.

Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Gardening: this is a great activity for mental and physical wellbeing, as will be demonstrated in the revamped horticultural area of the showground. This new area is designed in the shape of a tree to reflect the feeling of wellbeing trees provide. Visitors can get inspiration from the show gardens, school gardens and community projects at the Grow Your Own area or head to the Plot to Plate demonstrations to see how you can cook up a storm with fresh produce grown in your own garden. On the community plot there will be a host of groups showing the importance of community gardening.

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We Care: the Church of England (Diocese of Norwich) will be celebrating its role under the theme of ‘we care’, with activities, areas and exhibits to explore as well as the opportunity to try bell ringing. Partner organisations will be running interactive areas discussing poverty and homelessness and sharing and talking about faith. There will be a range of tactile crafts and activities as well as a soft play area for young children and a café area. Visitors can listen to school choirs and music group performances or journey through the sensory garden where you can take a moment to relax and reflect or enjoy a free hand massage from Norwich Cathedral volunteers. The more energetic can take part in constructing a big church building from Lego as part of a project to highlight the dedication of the volunteers who care for church buildings.

Stand 227, Avenue 8

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Get active: Active Norfolk will be heading up the Active Norfolk Sports Zone. Being physically active is good for our bodies, but it’s also closely linked with mental health too and can help to lift mood, calm and release endorphins - the body’s ‘feel good’ chemicals - which can help reduce anxiety. Active Norfolk will have free sporting activities and challenges to enjoy, including archery, athletics, canoeing, cycling, women’s football, rowing, rugby, sailing and tennis.

Bourn Hall: Anyone looking to start a family will be able to sign up for a free fertility mini-check at the Bourn Hall clinic stand.

A total of 500 IVF babies have been born since Bourn Hall opened its first Norfolk fertility clinic. Visitors will be able to learn about fertility wellbeing and get tips and advice to help conception. Bourn Hall recommends that anyone not pregnant after 12 months of trying should seek specialist advice as many causes of infertility can be easily treated. Fertility tests can rule out underlying health problems and Bourn Hall is offering a free fertility mini-check, worth £400, at its clinic near Norwich, to visitors to its stand.

Stand 79, Avenue four.

Children’s wellbeing: Langley Prep School will have a dedicated wellbeing section in their marquee. The Langley Prep wellbeing corner will have a worry plaque, monster and pebble jars as well as a few surprises to help children to manage their mental wellbeing. Langley Senior School will also have a presence focusing on nutrition and wellbeing.

Stand 34, Avenue two

Broads Village: the Broads were once described by Norfolk naturalist Ted Ellis as the “breathing space for the cure of souls”. The Broads Village will give visitors a flavour of ways they can enjoy our local National Park by reconnecting with nature, discovering its history, or getting active by walking, cycling, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing.

Forestry and wood village: showgoers can learn more about the importance of woodland to our wellbeing, the men and women behind the forest and wood sectors and crafts and activities you can get involved in, whether it’s to be more active or to help with your wellbeing, or both!

Music to your ears: music enhances our wellbeing and more than 50 bands and groups will be performing at four locations across the showground.

For more information on wellbeing at the Royal Norfolk Show visit .

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